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^^^ what he said^^^^ Don't tell my old AL Barients that they don't last. In the end, the battle of hard steel pawls on softer bronze internal parts will often determine the ultimate life span of a winch. Stainless isn't 'stain-proof'... it's 'stain-less'.
I've got a pair of alloy Barient 736's as primaries and a variety of smaller S/S Barients for halyards etc. I can pop the drums off the S/S winches, bring them home and polish them on my buffing wheel to near new. The alloys, although years newer look way older and will have to be re-anodized to look good again.
I've never seen properly lubricated winches wear out due to the pawls friction. Actually, I've never seen properly maintained winches wear out PERIOD.
P.S. I believe pawls are sintered metal of some sort - I don't believe they are harder than the ratchets they run in.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
Last edited by SloopJonB; 11-16-2011 at 02:41 AM.